Last Updated: 16th Feb 2011
The relatively young capital of Finland is home to a little over half a million people while the surrounding area is also home to roughly another million Finns.
Two of the most famous symbols of the city are both churches of very different designs. The most famous, and unofficial icon of the city, is the Lutheran Cathedral sitting above the city while the Temppelinaukio Church (Church in the Rock) is built underground.
Likewise, the two main museums in Helsinki contrast each other with the Ateneum housing classical art exhibitions from the Finnish masters while the Kiasma is an ultra modern contemporary art museum.
Helsinki is Finland’s Olympic city having hosted the 1952 Summer Games and the Olympic Stadium has a popular tower while the stadium was also home to the 2005 World Athletic Championships.
The Sibelius Monument in Sibelius Park is a huge work of art resembling meant to look like organ pipes and is dedicated to the composer Jean Sibelius.